Archives for April 2013

Pamper Yourself with a $250 Sweet Relish Giveaway!

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Sweet Relish. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% mine. Thank you to Sweet Relish for providing the giveaway prizing.

Have you heard about the AMAZING Sweet Relish giveaway going on right now? There are ten participating bloggers who are holding a joint giveaway for a $250 Sweet Relish prize! That’s right! Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can create a FREE Sweet Relish account and “relish” your Mother’s Day wishlist. If you win, Sweet Relish will purchase what you’ve “relished” up to $250! It’s time to make sure you get what’s on your list this Mother’s Day!


Have you heard about the AMAZING Sweet Relish giveaway going on right now? There are ten participating bloggers who are holding a joint giveaway for a $250 Sweet Relish prize! That’s right! Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can create a FREE Sweet Relish account and “relish” your Mother’s Day wishlist. If you win, Sweet Relish will purchase what you’ve “relished” up to $250! What a great Mother’s Day gift!!Swing on over and create your FREE Sweet Relish account, then visit one of the ten participating bloggers below to enter to win the Sweet Relish Mother’s Day giveaway! Hurry! The giveaway ends soon!

  1. Crunchy Beach Mama
  2. Mom Does Reviews
  3. The Link Fairy
  4. Five Dollar Shake
  5. bbproductreviews
  6. Game On Mom
  7. Mama Bee Does
  8. Virtually Yours
  9. the Mom Buzz
  10. Terri’s Little Haven


Win a $100 Sears Gift Card by Playing Sears LocalAd #Sweeps

This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.

Over the course of the last year, my husband has lost nearly 60 pounds! I am so proud of the effort he has made to transform his healthy, body and spirit!  The only problem?  He has no clothes to dress his new physique!  One of the places he loves to shop is Sears (mainly because he loves the hardware section).  So, if I won a $100 Sears gift card, I would definitely take him shopping to reward all of his hard work.

It’s way more fun to shop when it’s someone else’s money, right?  You could win 100,000 points (that’s equal to $100) when you enter the Sears LocalAd Sweeps on ShopYourWay SWEEPS Points. Prizes. Play! It’s super easy.  You simply have to ‘follow’ the Sears LocalAd brand page on ShopYourWay, then pick 5 must-haves from your local Sears store and add them to your ‘Wish List’ on ShopYourWay.

Here are the items my hubby picked that caught his eye.  We simply pressed the “want it” button and he now has a wish list ready!  In 5 minutes or less you’ll be entered to win $100 from Sears.  Score!  Want additional entries?   Share the Sweeps with your friends on Facebook & Twitter, too!

Now…how will you spend your gift card?

Take Your Tastebuds on a Krispy Kreme Staycation! {Giveaway}

Here in New Orleans, we really only have two seasons: winter and summer.  Temperatures are climbing and I am starting to crave all things Summer!  From flip flops to swimsuits, tank tops to cool iced tea, this is MY season.

Many people long for the sweet and tart flavors that only citrus can provide during the Summer months and with two new sun-kissed and handpicked Key Lime treats, Krispy Kreme can provide the taste you are longing for.   You can head to your local Krispy Kreme to take your tastebuds on a staycation by trying one of the two varieties in stores now:

  • Key Lime Cake: Key lime cake doughnut topped with key lime cream cheese icing and a KREME™ dollop.
  • Key Lime Cheesecake:  Filled with key lime cheesecake, topped with key lime cream cheese icing and graham cracker crust crumbles.

To celebrate the new offerings, you can enter to win one of Krispy Kreme’s fun Key Lime Staycation Prize Packs worth over $350 now through May 18th.  There will be one winner at each participating US shop! The prize pack includes:

One free Krispy Kreme iced beverage a week for a year; one free dozen doughnuts; flip flops; sunscreen; Krispy Kreme Staycation postcards; key lime scented air freshener- redeemable for one free doughnut; Krispy Kreme Staycation beach towel; beach ball; nail file; and a Krispy Kreme Staycation “Do Not Disturb” sign. 

To enter, visit a participating Krispy Kreme, fill out a Key Lime Staycation Giveaway entry form before May 18th or until entry forms run out.  See complete rules and entry details at Key Lime Staycation.


Win one of the Krispy Kreme Key Lime Staycation Prize Packs right here on Experimental Mommy!  Enter below:

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Claim Your Taste (and 15 Minutes of Fame) at Wendy’s!

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While this is sponsored content, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Now that I am working outside of the home again, a fast lunch is a necessity.  I am lucky to have a Wendy’s close to my place of business which has a super fast drive through.  With Wendy’s Right Price Right Size Menu, I can customize my own “Tasty Trio” to fit my mood and appetite.

To spice things up a bit, Wendy’s gave each of their 18 Value Menu items a fun and catchy nickname.  By going to, you can select your favorite items and create a combo of your very own.  For example, I love the Chicken Caesar Wrap with a cold Coke followed by a chilly Frosty.  My Tasty Trio is the Fizzy Zippy MMMM!  Catchy, right?  I can totally hear a commercial jingle with that nickname!

It’s time for you to play along!  Watch the video below and then head to to create your own Tasty Trio!

Did you do it?  What’s your combo nickname?  Now, you have the opportunity to become a virtual spokesperson for the “Claim Your Taste” game!  Once you have selected your Tasty Trio, your Facebook profile photo will show up online, in place of the Wendy’s face, and will be visible to all of your Facebook friends on Wendy’s Facebook page,, custom banner ads, and more!

Now I want a Frosty.  Off to Wendy’s!  Don’t forget to enjoy your taste claims at a nearby Wendy’s and tell us what makes your trio a winner on Twitter using #ClaimYourTaste all year long!



Meeting the Blackberry Z10 #VZWVoices

Ah, memories.  My first smartphone was a Blackberry several years ago.  I loved it so much that I wanted to marry it.  The Blackberry Messenger was my favorite feature and I used it daily to chat with my best friends on the go.  It was such a novelty to me at the time!

I have since moved on to the Samsung Galaxy SIII and I will admit that I am quite attached.  But I am thrilled to return to my “roots” by trying out the new Blackberry Z10 sent to me as part of the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program.  For starters, the new Blackberry arrived in some fancy-smancy packaging accompanied by some great accessories.

Removing it from the box, the Blackberry Z10 fit nicely in my hand.  My one problem with the Samsung Galaxy SIII is that I sometimes have a hard time maneuvering it with my small hands.  The Z10 weighs only 4.78 ounces and measures 5.12″x2,58″x0.32″ (height/width/depth).

Because I am a heavy user of social media, I need a phone that can take great pictures and share them with ease.  The Z10 is equipped with a 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 PPI camera and has the ability to switch between front and rear lenses.  Another great feature for those of us traveling to blog events and conferences is that you can carry along a spare LS1 battery to power up your device if an outlet is not available.  I also love that the device also has a micro HDMI port so I can share my pictures and video with family and friends by connecting to a HDTV!

In the next few posts, I will check out the usability of the Blackberry Z10 including the camera burst shooting mode, best apps and awesome accessories.  In the meantime, I will be getting acquainted with my new phone!

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While the Blackberry Z10 was given to me to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.


Get Organized with h.h. gregg and Frigidaire {Giveaway}

My runny nose and itchy eyes tell me it’s Springtime here in New Orleans.  While the temperatures are climbing and outdoor activities are calling your name, it’s also time to get started on Spring cleaning and organizing projects.  For me, bedroom closets and kitchen cabinets are first on my list.

Are you starting to make lists of Spring projects for your family?  This year, let h.h. gregg help you!  The nation’s leading and fastest growing retailer of home appliances and consumer electronics has launched an incredible “100 Ways to Organize” Sweepstakes.  From now till April 27th, play the Bejeweled-style game (available on Facebook, iPhone or Android) for chances to win some amazing Frigidaire refrigerators including:

  • Grand Prize: Frigidaire Gallery 27.8 Cu. Ft. French door refrigerator (ARV $2399)
  • First Place:  Frigidaire Gallery 26.7 Cu. Ft. French door refrigerator (ARV $1799)
  • Second Place:  Frigidaire Gallery 26.7 Cu. Ft. French door refrigerator (ARV $1799)
  • Daily prizes include $100 h.h. gregg gift cards

Playing the game allows for additional entries into the Frigidaire sweepstakes and an entry into an extra sweepstakes for yet another Frigidaire refrigerator!  Winning one of these shiny new refrigerators would definitely make organizing my kitchen much more fun this Spring!

To give you a head start on sprucing up your house this season, I have one h.h. gregg $50 gift card to give away.  The gift card is for in-store use only and may not be used online.  Enter below:

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Tips to Jumpstart Your Spring Renovation Projects

This post is brought to you by guest author, Jenna Smith.

Spring is in the air. Springtime showers saturate the ground in water, which breathes life to flowers and offers newly born animals a drink. This is a time of cleansing, which is why many people take this opportunity to freshen up their homes, oftentimes by deep cleaning every room. This handy guide shows how you can rejuvenate your house, without over spending.


Time: 2 – 3 hours

The kitchen is such an important part of the home. It’s where your meals are prepared, families often gather, and dust bunnies hide under appliances. It’s time to evict that dust and grime, offering you and your guests a cleaner environment in which to prepare meals and socialize.

Begin by cleaning up as usual, wiping down all surfaces and washing the dishes. Use a broom to sweep in tall corners. Move appliances to sweep behind and underneath. Even dust the ceiling fan and drapes. Wash everything. You may even need to wash the walls. Use a damp rag to clean the backsplash of your stove. Use oven cleaner to clean inside your oven. Wash inside and outside your refrigerator. You’ll also want to clean inside the microwave and all cupboards and storage. Finally, mop your floors and enjoy the fresh pine scent.


Time: 30 mins – 1 hour

Closets can become overrun during the year. Springtime is a great time to start pulling out all that old junk and really organizing it. Begin by taking everything out of your closet. Sort everything into piles. Keep one pile for garbage, another for donations, and a final pile for the stuff you plan to keep. Once you’ve moved your garbage and donations, you’ll want to sort the keep pile into “belongs in the closet,” and “doesn’t belong in the closet.” Finally, organize everything that belongs in the closet, employing the use of shelves and dividers.


Time: 30 mins to 1 hour

Spring often marks the time when families begin shopping for summer clothing. Before bringing in new items, it’s important to remove some older clothing. This is going to help eliminate clutter and keep your closets clean. You went to all the effort of organizing your closets, so why ruin it by packing them full of new clothes and not eliminating older stuff? Do yourself a favor and throw out anything with holes or stains, and donate the stuff that doesn’t fit or you don’t wear anymore.


Time: 1 – 2 hours

Just like your kitchen, every inch of your bathroom needs to be cleaned. Employ the use of spray cleanser to deep clean showers, sinks, toilets, and more. This is a good time to clean or replace your shower curtain. Wash all linens, including bath mats and toilet seat covers. Sweep and mop the room. Spring cleaning is a good time to ensure that everything is working properly, so you may want to have your plumbing and condensate system checked.

Everywhere Else

Every room of your home requires a deep cleaning. Any rooms with carpets require carpet shampooing, while rooms with hardwood floors should be swept and mopped. This is a great time to organize attics, basements, garages, and other storage areas. Be prepared to delve into these projects, often spending hours to complete them. When everything is said and done, you may have everything you need to have a garage sale and earn some extra cash.

How to Rock Spring Fashion Trends According to Clinton Kelly

I find a lot of great fashion ideas by perusing Pinterest in my spare time, but which of these trends is right for me?  At 38, I feel like I am in between sections of most department stores and not sure if, at almost 40, I should be a part of some of the latest trends.  So, I could not have been happier to attend a Spring Style Event at Macy’s featuring the one and only Clinton Kelly from TLC’s What Not to Wear.

During a fashion show, Clinton pointed out this season’s hottest trends and how you can rock them at any age.  Here are my favorites!

1.  Fabulous Florals: Find a floral print you love and accent your favorite hue in the pattern with a solid blazer and jeans.   Only one floral pattern per outfit, please!  Another great way to add a fun floral is with a great ballet flat.

2.  Mix It Up:  This season, mix up your patterns for a fun and flirty effect!  The way to mix patterns is by matching the color schemes.  Accessorize the patterns with solid color shoes and purse.

3.  Blue and Orange:  These complimentary colors are hot this season!  Try a navy dress and accent with coral colored accessories like the shoes pictured above.

4.  Nautical is Never Out of Style:  This outfit is a fun and modern way to incorporate a little nautical style in your wardrobe.  The tie creates a great shape and the red accent on the shoe completes the look!

5.  Do Vintage with a Modern Twist:  This adorable silver dress was a show stopper!  The front of the dress is very Audrey Hebpurn but the back has a sexy modern twist.  Show that you are a modern woman by pairing the vintage dress with some fun shoes!

Love these styles?  Head to Macy’s to find the right style for you!  Clinton Kelly will be making several appearances this Spring so check to see if he is coming to city near you!

 I am a member of the Everywhere Society. Everywhere has provided me with compensation however all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Clinton Kelly’s Do’s and Don’ts for Spring with Macy’s

Now that the weather is changing, it’s time to put away the heavy sweaters and coats and replace them my spring essentials, NOLA style!  Here in Southeast Louisiana, we really only have two seasons:  winter and summer.  We immediately swap out our winter coats for summer’s coolest flip flops and tank tops.  But what about Spring?

With festival season in full swing, it would be great to get some tips on Spring’s latest fashion.  Fortunately, Clinton Kelly from TLC’s What Not to Wear will be at Macy’s Lakeside Mall in Metairie, LA tomorrow at 1pm!  The fashion guru himself will be available to take your spring do and don’t questions plus you will be treated to a very special fashion presentation.  Plus, if you buy $100 of Macy’s merchandise, you will receive Clinton’s latest book, “Oh No She Didn’t,” which he will autograph.

Interested in attending?  RSVP at 877-884-3751.  Or follow along on Twitter by using hashtags #NOLA and #SpringStyles!  I have to admit, I am a little nervous about what to wear!

Help me out with the interview….what are your burning spring fashion questions?


I am a member of the Everywhere Society. Everywhere has provided me with compensation however all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Protect Your Skin with Neutrogena Sunscreens {Giveaway}

Typical of Southeast Louisiana, the weather in Spring is quite unpredictable.  One day we are grabbing the sweaters and the next we are reaching for flip flops.  But as Summer approaches, we are seeing more and more of tank top and swimsuit weather.

Because less layers are needed, more skin is exposed to the UV rays and we need to be more mindful about protecting our delicate skin.  Did you know that UV exposure increases by about 33% for every 20% ozone layer loss.  The end result? About 33% more skin cancers.  Fortunately, Neutrogena tackled this topic at a recent Sun Summit.  Here are a few excerpts:

“The brightness of the sun has increased, while the ozone layer has been depleted.  So climate change has led to warmer temperatures, which means Spring comes earlier and Fall lasts longer and people are outside more.  Due to the combination of these environmental and lifestyle changes current risk of UV is higher than it’s been ever before.”

-Dr. Drew Shindell, Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

“I’m seeing more skin cancer in patients in their 20s, which definitely didn’t happen 15 years ago. That also means I’m seeing sun damage a lot earlier than ever before.”

-Doris Day, M.D., M.A., Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center

One way to protect yourself is by using sun protection and Neutrogena offers options for every age, lifestyle and activity.  As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I recently received a box full of tools to help me safely navigate the Summer months for my family and I.

My absolute favorite product is the Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids line.  Because kids never stay still long enough to dry off, the Wet Skin spray technology cuts through water to form a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protective barrier. It doesn’t drip or form a yucky white mess on your hands and skin.  And if you have a baby, you will love the Pure & Free Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Sunscreen.  Free of chemical sunscreens, fragrances, dyes, and oils, this tear-free formula won’t sting or irritate baby’s eyes.

Are you headed to the beach or perhaps a cruise this Summer?  I can help fill your suitcase with sunscreen!  Neutrogena would like to help decrease the 33% increase in skin cancers by providing THIRTY THREE of my readers with their very own sunscreen kit (pictured above).  I will be giving away TEN kits in this post and TWENTY more through Facebook/Twitter and Pinterest in the coming days so be on the lookout!  Enter below:

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This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.